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Fairmont Austin Executive Appointments

Publish Date: 05-Oct-2016

Austin, TX Wednesday, October 05, 2016

New Hotel welcomes Shawna Gemmell, Fernando Teixeira and Matthew Day – 
AUSTIN, October 5, 2016 – Fairmont Austin, the 37-story luxury hotel opening early 2018, is pleased to announce the appointment of Shawna Gemmell to the position of Director, Human Resources.


Shawna will direct the day-to-day operations of the Human Resources Department and will be a strategic member of the Executive Committee for the newest and largest Fairmont hotel in the United States. She brings over 22 years of Fairmont experience to the position. Shawna began her career at Fairmont Banff Springs, where she held the titles of Benefits Administrator and Human Resources Supervisor. She went on to hold various positions at Fairmont hotels in Canada, the U.S., and the United Arab Emirates including Assistant Director and Director, Human Resources. Most recently, she was promoted to Regional Director, Human Resources, where she oversaw The Plaza, New York, Fairmont Washington, D.C., and Fairmont Pittsburgh. Shawna holds a certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Calgary and a Tourism & Transportation Diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming College.
Additionally, Fairmont Austin has named Fernando Teixeira, to the position of Director, Conference Services and Catering. Fernando began his career as a Catering Manager at Le Royale Meridien King Edward in Toronto before being promoted to Director of Catering. He then held progressive position including Conference Services and Catering Manager at Sheraton Centre Hotel and Director, Conference Services and Catering at Fairmont Royal York, both in Toronto. While in Canada, he managed the largest banquet operation within Fairmont’s Canadian hotels and oversaw the coordination of the G20 Summit that hosted 34 of the country’s leaders as well as Financial Ministers. In 2011, Fernando relocated to Fairmont Scottsdale Princess as Director, Conference Services and Catering where he was responsible for the largest banquet operation in the global Fairmont collection.
Fernando earned the Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) certification in 2003, a credential globally recognized as the badge of excellence in the meeting, convention, exhibition and event industry.   
Also, Matthew Day has joined the Fairmont Austin as Group Sales Manager. Matthew began his hospitality career at Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui where he held various positions including Front Desk Agent, Leisure Sales Manager and Group Sales Manager. While in Maui, he was honored as Fairmont Colleague of the Year in 2007. Matthew holds a Bachelors degree in Communications from the University of Kansas.  

 About Fairmont Austin
At the heart of the vibrant Central Business District,  Fairmont Austin is uniquely situated alongside the lush greenery of Palm Park and Waller Creek, with exclusive and direct access to the Austin Convention Center. Opening early 2018, the 37-story luxury hotel will feature 1,048 richly appointed guest rooms and suites, including exclusive Fairmont Gold rooms and lounge, with picturesque vistas of Lady Bird Lake, the State Capitol and the dramatic cityscape. Boasting a level of service and amenities unrivaled by Austin hotels, guests will indulge in several dining experiences, seasonally heated swimming pool on the 7th floor terrace; full-service salon and spa; state-of-the-art fitness center and nearly 140,000 square feet of total meeting space. The hotel’s towering architectural design embraces Austin’s Green Energy program, while interior elements will showcase the breathtaking Hill Country landscape and rich traditions of Austin’s cultural heritage. Fairmont Austin will engage guests with the city’s famed music scene as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” as well as the area’s celebrated cuisine and diverse artistic lifestyle. Become a fan of Fairmont Austin and follow us on  Facebook,  Linkedin and Instagram . For more information, please call 512-600-2000.
About Fairmont
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic and distinctive hotels in the world. This extraordinary collection includes The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,000 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 2,600 of the finest private homes around the globe. For more information or reservations, please visit 
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